Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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[21. The Firſt Book. That the MOON May be a WORLD. The Firſt Propoſition, by way of Preface.]
[22. Sed vanus ſtolidis hæc omnia finxerit Error.]
[23. Solis lunæq; labores.]
[24. Cum fruſtra reſonant æra auxiliaria Lunæ.]
[25. Una laboranti poterit ſuccerrere Lunæ.]
[26. Gantus & è cælo poſſunt deducere Lunam.]
[27. Cantus & ſi curru lunam deducere tentant, Et facerent, ſi non æra repulſa ſonant.]
[28. PROP. II. That a Plurality of Worlds doth not contradict any Principle of Reaſon or Faith.]
[29. Æſtuas infelix auguſto limite mundi.]
[30. PROP. III. That the Heavens do not conſiſt of any ſuch pure Matter, which can priviledge them from the like Change and Corruption, as theſe Inferiour, Bodies are liable unto.]
[31. Necnon Oceano paſci phæbumque polumq; Gredimus.]
[32. PROP. IV. That the Moon is a Solid, Compacted, Opacous Body.]
[33. PROP. V. That the Moon hath not any Light of her own.]
[34. PROP. VI. That there is a World in the Moon, bath been the direct Opinion of many Ancient, with ſome Modern Mathematicians, and may probably de deduc’d from the Tenents of others.]
[35. PROP. VII. That thoſe Spots and brighter parts, which by our ſight may be diſtinguiſhed in the Moon, do ſhew the difference betwixt the Sea and Land, in that other World.]
[36. PROP. VIII. The Spots repeſent the Sea, and the brighter parts the Land.]
[37. PROP. IX. That there are high Mountains, deep Vallies, and ſpacious Plains in the Body of the Moon.]
[38. PROP. X. That there is an Atmo-ſphæra, or an Orb of groſs, Vaporous Air, immediately encompaſſing the body of the Moon.]
[39. PROP. XI. That as their World is our Moon, ſo our World is their Moon.]
[40. Provehimur portu, terræque urbeſque recedunt.]
[41. PROP. XII.]
[42. PROP. XIII.]
[43. PROP. XIV.]
[44. FINIS.]
[45. A DISCOURSE Concerning a Rem Planet. Tending to prove That ’tis probable our EARTH is one of the PLANETS. The Second Book. By John Wilkins, late L. Biſhop of Cheſter.]
[46. LONDON: Printed by J. D. for John Gellibrand, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. M.DC.LXXXIV.]
[47. To the Reader.]
[48. PROP. I.]
[49. PROP. II.]
[50. PROP. III.]
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That the Moon may be a World.
You ſee what probable Grounds and plain
Teſtimonies I have brought for the Confirma-
tion of this Propoſition:
many other things
in this behalf might be ſpoken, which for bre-
vity ſake I now omit, and paſs unto the next.


That ’tis probable there may be Inhabitants in this
# other World, but of what kind they are, is un-
# certain.
I Have already handled the Seaſons, and Me-
teors belonging to this new World;
requiſite that in the next place I ſhould come
unto the third thing which I promis’d, and ſay
ſomewhat of the Inhabitants;
whom there might be many difficult Queſtions
as whether that place be more inconve-
nient for Habitation than our World (as Kep-
lar thinks;)
whether they are the ſeed of Adam,
whether they are there in a bleſſed eſtate, or
elſe what means there may be for their Salva-
with many other ſuch uncertain Enqui-
ries, which I ſhall willingly omit, leaving it
to their Examination who have more leiſure
and Learning for the ſearch of ſuch particulars.
Being for mine own part content only to ſet
down ſuch Notes belonging unto theſe, which
I have obſerv’d in other Writers.
Gum tota
illa regio nobis ignota ſit, remanent inbabitatores
De doct. ig-
nor antia.
l.2.c. 12.
illi ignoti penitus, ſaith Guſanus;
Since we know
not the Regions of that place, we muſt be al-
together ignorant of the Inhabitants.
hath not yet been any ſuch diſcovery concer-

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